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How To Protect Your Lawn in a Carolina Drought

Summer heat doing a number on your normally lush, green grass?

We can assure you there’s hope.

Keep reading to find out how to protect your lawn in a Carolina drought.


Know Your Grass, Man.

Tall fescue lawns should be mowed to 2 1/2 – 3 1/2″ in height and watered at least 2″ weekly this month.

Zoysia lawns should be mowed to 1 1/2 – 2″ in height and watered at least 1 1/4″ weekly this month.

Bermuda lawns should be mowed to 1 – 2″ in height and watered at least 1″ weekly this month.

Bluegrass lawns should be mowed to 3 – 4″ in height and watered 1/2″ twice a week this month.

REMEMBER: Do not cut more than 1/3 of the blade length at a time.


No idea what kind you have?

Then probably going to have a hard time figuring out how to protect your lawn in a Carolina drought.

Not to worry.  

Click play now.


Water Truly Madly Deeply;  Just Don’t Smother.

The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council strongly advises all homeowners in the following counties to reduce unnecessary water usage as much is possible.


  • Alamance
  • Alexander
  • Anson
  • Ashe
  • Avery
  • Bladen
  • Buncombe
  • Burke
  • Cabarrus
  • Caldwell
  • Catawba
  • Chatham
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Cumberland
  • Davidson
  • Davie
  • Durham
  • Edgecombe
  • Forsyth
  • Franklin
  • Gaston
  • Graham
  • Granville
  • Greene
  • Guilford
  • Halifax
  • Harnett
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Hoke
  • Iredell
  • Jackson
  • Johnston
  • Lee
  • Lincoln
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • McDowell
  • Mecklenburg
  • Mitchell
  • Montgomery
  • Moore
  • Nash
  • Orange
  • Polk
  • Randolph
  • Richmond
  • Robeson
  • Rowan
  • Rutherford
  • Sampson
  • Scotland
  • Stanly
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Swain
  • Transylvania
  • Union
  • Vance
  • Wake
  • Watauga
  • Wayne
  • Wilkes
  • Wilson
  • Yadkin
  • Yancey
  • York

…That’s fine, because you definitely don’t want to overwater your grass anyway.  

Frequent, shallow watering can actually cause fungus to develop.

Water first thing in the morning to prepare your lawn for the scorching afternoon heat, and be sure to stay informed on the latest drought conditions by visiting www.ncdrought.org.



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Bryan Kuester

Bryan Kuester

Bryan is the CEO of Kuester Management Group. He has over 15 years of managing community associations throughout North and South Carolina.

His specialties include Community Association Management - maintenance, budgeting for operational and reserve funding, long-range planning, covenant enforcement, amenity management, onsite management, large scale management.